03/01/15 7:00am

2014 GW Birthday Parade

Select your favorite archaeological sites from 16 featured digs covering 13,000 years of Alexandria’s history.

Beginning on March 3 through March 28, stop by the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 N. Union St., #327 in Old Town to vote for the showcased match-up, or vote online at this link.

In Alexandria ArchaeoMadness, 16 selected sites, highlighting the City’s rich and diverse past, enter the tournament in a single elimination bracket.  For each game, participants vote for their favorite in a head-to-head competition between two sites.  The winners from each matchup move on to the next round to compete in the final March 28 championship.

Alexandria’s ArchaeoMadness is based on an international tournament presented by the Archaeological Institute of America and sponsored by Friends of Alexandria Archaeology (FOAA).

Join FOAA and support archaeology in Alexandria. www.FOAA.info.

The Alexandria Archaeology Museum, located on the third floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, is free and open to the public. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Contact 703.746.4399 or archaeology@alexandriava.gov for additional information.

Go to www.AlexandriaArchaeology.org for more information on these and hundreds of other Alexandria archaeological sites.

03/01/15 6:24am

Winter Weather
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Alexandria, Virginia and the surrounding area until 3:00 AM Monday, March 2. Advisories are issued when traveling conditions are expected to worsen. Looks like we will get a sheet of ice with this storm so be careful out there!

..WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM THIS
MORNING TO 3 AM EST MONDAY…

* LOCATIONS…WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA AND SOUTHERN MARYLAND.

* HAZARD TYPES…SNOW…SLEET…AND FREEZING RAIN.

* ACCUMULATIONS…A COATING TO 1 INCH OF SNOW AND SLEET ACROSS
WASHINGTON DC AND SOUTHERN MARYLAND. 1 TO 2 INCHES IN THE
NORTHERN AND WESTERN SUBURBS OF WASHINGTON DC. ICE
ACCUMULATION AROUND ONE TENTH OF AN INCH.

* TIMING…SNOW WILL BEGIN BETWEEN 7 AM AND 10 AM THIS MORNING.
SNOW WILL CHANGE TO SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN BETWEEN NOON AND 3
PM THIS AFTERNOON. PRECIPITATION WILL END AS FREEZING RAIN TONIGHT.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BE SNOW AND ICE COVERED TODAY AND TONIGHT.
TRAVELLING WILL BE DIFFICULT WITH REDUCED VISIBILITIES FROM SNOW
AND SLICK ROADWAYS.

* WINDS…SOUTH AROUND 5 TO 10 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES…RISING THROUGH THE 20S MORNING. TEMPERATURES WILL
RISE INTO THE LOWER AND MIDDLE 30S THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE
DROPPING BACK INTO THE LOWER 30S LATE TONIGHT.

02/28/15 8:19am

Lost Dog Cafe in Alexandria, Virginia
As our readers know, the Lost Dog Cafe in the Braddock Road Metro/Parker Gray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia opened in early January.

They have great food and they also do some great work in helping rescue stray dogs and cats. With the annual fun dog show right around the corner, we thought we’d giveaway a $50 gift card to the Lost Dog Cafe.

So, all you need to do is leave your email address in the giveaway box below and comment below with the answer to this question:

What is your favorite thing about your pet?

Doesn’t have to pertain specifically to a dog. Can be a cat, ferret, birds, snakes, or any other type of pet. Giveaway ends midnight, March 8.

Be SURE to submit your entry in the raffle box below. Thank you!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

02/27/15 12:25pm

Earl Lloyd

ICYMI, Earl Lloyd, a prominent African American from Alexandria, Virginia died yesterday. He was the first African-American to play in the NBA.

Known as “the Big Cat,” the 6’5″ forward made his league debut in October 1950, playing for the Washington Capitals. During his legendary career, Lloyd averaged 8.4 points during 560 regular-season NBA games.

Here, the Inside the NBA team takes a look back at Earl Lloyd. Click the image above to play the video.

02/26/15 4:09pm

Acting City Manager Mark B. Jinks invites the public to two presentations of his proposed Fiscal Year 2016 Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program.

  • On Tuesday, March 3, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Jinks will formally present the proposed budget to City Council.  The special City Council meeting will be held in the City Council Chamber in Alexandria City Hall, 301 King St.  The meeting is open to the public. No public comment period is scheduled.  The meeting will be cablecast on Comcast channel 70, and live and archived video will be available at www.alexandriava.gov.
  • On Thursday, March 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Jinks will present the budgets at a community meeting at the Samuel Tucker Elementary School cafeteria, 435 Ferdinand Day Dr.  Live and archived video will be available at www.alexandriava.gov.  Following his presentation, Jinks will answer questions from in-person attendees and online viewers.

Proposed budget documents will be available at www.alexandriava.gov on March 3, at 5 p.m.  City Council will review the proposed budget and conduct a series of work sessions and public hearings culminating with adoption on May 7.

For a detailed schedule, see www.alexandriava.gov/Budget.

02/26/15 3:52pm

2014 GW Birthday Parade

SmarTrip® Add Value Initiative

DASH Bus flyerAlexandria Transit Company (ATC) has announced two community meeting dates for discussion of the new fare collection process on DASH buses. Effective April 1, 2015, riders will no longer be able to add value to a SmarTrip® card on board DASH buses. This initiative will make the DASH system the first in the region to take the process of adding value off of the bus.

Meeting Locations:

  • Wednesday, March 4 at 6:00 p.m.
    William Ramsay Elementary School, 5700 Sanger Ave., Alexandria, VA 22311
  • Wednesday, March 18 at 6:00 p.m.
    Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, VA 22305         

By eliminating the add value function on the bus, riders will experience a more convenient ride on DASH with less hassle, ease in boarding, and reliable departures and arrivals. The Plan Ahead…Pay it Forward Campaign will provide many useful tools for riders to learn about the numerous ways that they can add value to their SmarTrip® Card without the need of adding it on the bus.

Riders can add value to their SmarTrip® Card:

  • Online at www.wmata.com/fares/smartrip
  • At any Metrorail Station
  • At the Alexandria Transit Store located across from the King Street Metro at 1775-C Duke Street
  • At participating CVS and Giant Locations
  • At Arlington and Fairfax Commuter Stores

In addition to paying with a SmarTrip® Card to ride DASH, riders can always pay the $1.60 fare with cash or use DASH’s deeply discounted, money-saving monthly DASH Pass! The DASH Pass is good for unlimited rides on all DASH buses, on all routes, in any direction, for a full calendar month, and costs only $40. For details, visit www.dashbus.com/DASHPass.

For more information on the Plan Ahead…Pay it Forward add value initiative, visit www.dashbus.com/PlanAhead.